NEWS - Big Band Theory

Tuesday April 16, 2013

In the run up to the West End Festival (WEF), Glasgow’s biggest cultural festival, Big Band performers rehearse some well known and other premiere performance music, in a city centre barber shop.



With over 400 events across some 80 venues, Glasgow’s WEF is set to attract up to 100,000 people to the programme of cultural events including music, art, walks, talks, mini festivals and more. Many of the events will be free to attend to encourage participation.

Zig Zag Big Band, Byres Road Big Band and Glasgow University Big Band will form the “Big Band Festival”, taking place on Thursday, 6 June at Queen Margaret Union, as part of the main WEF. Tickets cost £5pp and are available via

This mini festival, which is geared towards the whole family, is the first time the three bands will have played together.  We join Zig Zag Big Band at their Monday night rehearsal not in a studio or a garage but at Men International, a city centre barbers. Traditional barbers chairs, street art on the wall and 20 musicians playing live.

Allon Beauvoisin, Zig Zag Big Band’s musical director said: "It's very exciting to be involved in a partnership of this nature where there is such a wide range of musical styles encompassed, from early big band swing to the premiere of a big band piece written by a local Scottish composer. The West End Festival is renowned for its eclectic programming and the addition of the Big Band Festival continues that ideology."

Liz Scobie, WEF chairman added: “It’s a real pleasure to see so many performers collaborating to enable an event of this nature as a new initiative for this our 18th West End Festival.  It’s fun, harmonious and lively, and I think we can guarantee this will be a fusion of the finest Big Band sounds that the whole family can enjoy.”

The WEF takes place from Friday, 31 May to Sunday, 30 June this year and it’s set to be the best yet! WEF will be launching the programme and the new website on 26 April.


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